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UN rights chief should decide on Sri Lanka report delay: US

February 13, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it is up to the U.N. human rights commissioner to determine when a U.N. report on alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil conflict is released.

Sri Lanka is requesting a delay in the report’s publication for several months, while it sets up its own judicial mechanism to probe rights violations during the war that ended in 2009.

The U.N. investigation, mandated by a U.S.-backed resolution last year, was discussed Thursday by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Samaraweera amid warming ties between the U.S. and Sri Lanka’s newly elected government.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday that the U.S. has “absolute confidence” in the U.N. commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in this matter.

Samaraweera expressed optimism Thursday in the report being delayed.

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